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LGBTQ+ allies frustrated over Pride Fest getting ‘overshadowed’ by BINI fans, says it diminishes advocacy efforts

On June 22, the Philippines held the Pride March and Fest in honor of the continuous fight for LGBT rights.

Allegedly, many attendees at the Quezon City Pride were there only for the “clout” and only for BINI.

Many real protesters and allies who came for the protest could not enter the venue properly because QC Circle was filled with blooms (BINI’s fans).

“It’s definitely not the girls’ fault pero ang lungkot naman kung sakaling BINI lang yung pinunta nung iba at yung mga totoong beking nandon para sa Pride at protesta ang hindi nakapasok [It’s definitely not the girls’ fault, but it’s sad if people came only for BINI and the real LGBTQ+ supporters who were there for Pride and protest couldn’t get in],” a concerned social media user tweeted.

“The numbers used to mean something for us. Now how can we claim that we were 100,000+ strong kung BINI pala yung pinunta at hindi ang adbokasiya? [if people came for BINI and not for the advocacy?],” the user added.

Many social media users agree with this standpoint as the event was not even for BINI.

Some social media users wished that the line-up should have been kept a secret so the purpose of the event would remain.

Due to bad weather, the program had to be stopped, and the girl group was unable to perform.

Considering the allies’ perspective, perhaps they have the right to be upset. Attending a pride march without truly supporting the movement doesn’t make sense.

People should remember that the festival is a protest. It is a day when the LGBT community amplifies their voices.


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